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سایت طوفان بت : Mohamed Salah clears Fernandes, Rashford and Son with Premier League October POTM win

Mohamed Salah clears Fernandes, Rashford and Son with Premier League October POTM win


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Mohamed Salah now has more Premier League Player of the Month awards than anyone else currently playing in the English top flight after his October 2023 win.

The Liverpool forward scooped the prize with the five goals he scored last month, with the Egypt international delivering excellent performances that fans have become so used to seeing.

Salah has slipped into that realm where less noise is made about his triumphs because he has been doing it for so long in the top flight. That said, he’s still caught the eye enough to bag his fifth POTM award since joining Liverpool.

In doing so, he has moved ahead of two Manchester United players in the all-time standings, with neither looking likely to pick up their fifth any time soon.

While Mohamed Salah still needs two more Premier League POTM awards to match all-time leaders Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane, he is certainly worthy of five and no one would begrudge him more in the future.

November 2017

Stoke City v Liverpool - Premier League

Salah was unstoppable / James Baylis – AMA/GettyImages

Salah’s first POTM award came in November 2017, only five months after he joined the club from AS Roma.

It was a truly incredible month in which he started to prove so many people wrong. The Egyptian could not stop scoring and racked up seven goals in one month. He became the first ever Egyptian player to win the award, having found the net against West Ham, Southampton, Stoke City and Chelsea.

He beat players like Burnley’s Robbie Brady, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, and Man Utd’s Ashley Young to the prize.

February 2018

Mohamed Salah

Salah was in full flow / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

Everyone remembers just how frightening and unstoppable Mo Salah was during the 2017/18 season when Liverpool suddenly became one of the best teams in the Premier League again.

A few months after his first award, Salah’s four goals and two assists in the Premier League meant he secured his second POTM. Liverpool got two wins and a draw and started to look like a safe bet for a top-four spot.

“The players make it easier and the boss also makes it easier for me,” Salah said. “It’s nice to win it again especially because it’s the Player of the Month of the Premier League, so that’s something good. I say always try to help reach the three points and to be in a better position.”

March 2018

Mohamed Salah

Salah made it back-to-back POTM wins / Chloe Knott – Danehouse/GettyImages

In the following month, Salah’s form did not slow down. If anything, it just increased and Liverpool were marching towards Champions League qualification again. Salah grabbed six goals in the month of March to make it successive awards.

A big part of his success was the four goals he scored in one game when Liverpool battered Watford 5-0 at Anfield. He also scored a really important winner at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace.

October 2021

Mohamed Salah

Salah was the key to one of Liverpool’s best ever wins / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Incredibly, Salah then went three and a half years without winning the award, despite Liverpool remaining in and around the title race and the top four. The initial excitement around his form subsided and he was soon just a consistently really good player.

He got an incredible five goals and four assists October 2021, showing his creative spark on top of his clinical edge. The goals included a great solo effort against Manchester City for which he won Goal of the Month and a hat-trick in a 5-0 win away at Manchester United.

October 2023

Liverpool FC v Nottingham Forest - Premier League

Salah secures his fifth POTM award / MB Media/GettyImages

Exactly two years later, Salah bagged the award again.

Liverpool took seven points from a possible nine in October in the Premier League and in the only game they didn’t win – a 2-2 draw away at Brighton – Salah scored twice. He also netted a brace in the 2-0 win over Everton at Anfield before his October ended with a goal in the 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest.

It was a month that restored Liverpool’s place in the Premier League title race and with Salah getting so many of their goals, a huge part of that achievement can be attributed to him.

By winning his fifth POTM award, Salah has moved ahead of three current Premier League players. The Egyptian is now level with Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, while Steven Gerrard and Cristiano Ronaldo are one further up the road.

He has now moved ahead of Manchester United duo Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford, neither of whom are showing the kind of form that suggests they will be changing that in the coming months.

He has also moved beyond Tottenham’s Son Heung-min. Son only got his fourth POTM award in September 2023 and has been playing really well this season, so he could feasibly join Salah on five soon. That being said, James Maddison’s injury could limit the number of chances he gets to score in the foreseeable future.

Rank

Player

POTM wins

1.

Sergio Aguero

7

1.

Harry Kane

7

3.

Steven Gerrard

6

3.

Cristiano Ronaldo

6

5.

Robin van Persie

5

5.

Wayne Rooney

5

5.

Mohamed Salah

5

7.

Dennis Bergkamp

4

7.

Bruno Fernandes

4

7.

Thierry Henry

4

7.

Frank Lampard

4

7.

Marcus Rashford

4

7.

Son Heung-min

4

7.

Paul Scholes

4

7.

Alan Shearer

4

7.

Jamie Vardy

4

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سایت طوفان بت : 2023-24 college basketball big man ladder: Zach Edey, Armando Bacot lead standout group

2023-24 college basketball big man ladder: Zach Edey, Armando Bacot lead standout group


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“It’s the Year of the Big Man in men’s college basketball!” 

That was the phrase being uttered ahead of last year’s college hoops season, and for good reason. Heading into last year, with reigning national player of the year Oscar Tshiebwe returning to lead a cast that included Drew Timme, Zach Edey, Adama Sanogo, Trayce Jackson-Davis, Armando Bacot, Hunter Dickinson, Ryan Kalkbrenner and Azuolas Tubelis, the momentum surrounding the center position was clearly the headline across the country. 

As a result, five of the 10 players named to the first and second AP All-America teams last year played the center position (Edey, Jackson-Davis, Timme, Tshiebwe and Tubelis).

But big men headlining college basketball is not a one-hit wonder, instead, it will be a theme in the sport this season and for many to come. While calling last year “The Year of the Big Manwas understandable, this trend is going to continue because as it stands right now for traditional post players, or most centers for that matter, it is more beneficial to stay in college than attempt a jump to the NBA.

Why? 

Name, image and likeness. 

The ability of a traditional big man to profit off his success and brand outweighs the benefits of going pro and either spending time between the G League and maybe the NBA, or playing overseas. Big men who are dominant at the college level can certainly get paid in both avenues, but the latter options are always going to be there. College eligibility is precious for players like Bacot, who told FOX Sports that he will “easily” make seven figures in NIL dollars in his fifth and final season at North Carolina.

It’s not a coincidence that Edey is the second straight reigning national player of the year who chose to return for another season. Before Tshiebwe did it last year, that had not occurred since Tyler Hansbrough did so in 2008, leading North Carolina to a national championship and cementing his legacy as one of the greatest players in college basketball history. That’s now the task for Edey, who looks to lead Purdue from an all-time low in the NCAA Tournament to redemption and that elusive Final Four run in the Matt Painter era. 

So, not only are the big men across college basketball talented, but they are also featured in some of the very best storylines that the sport has to offer again this season. 

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With that in mind, we at FOX Sports present … 

THE BIG MAN LADDER. 

This series will be rolled out monthly throughout the season to update you on the sport’s best big men, featuring interesting numbers, exclusive interviews and more.

The criteria for our featured big men are as follows: We are zoning in on players who stand 6-foot-10 or taller and are making significant contributions for ranked teams across the country. This list can be adjusted as the year goes on. As Edey showed last season, you could go from being a notable big man entering the season to the best player in the sport. If someone’s impact calls for attention, we’ll add another rung to the ladder!

Let’s hop on, shall we? 

1. Zach Edey, Purdue
Class: Senior
Height/Weight: 7-4, 300 pounds
2022-23 stats: 22.3 PPG, 12.9 RPG 

Edey’s numbers last season were simply incredible. When you combine those figures with the fact that he’s entering only his seventh year of playing the sport after not picking up a basketball until his sophomore year of high school, that makes his whole story even more unbelievable.

The Boilermakers’ star big man enters his senior year of college already in a class of his own, as he is the only player in the history of the sport to record 750 points, 400 rebounds, 70 blocks and 50 assists in a single season. Last year, Edey joined Michael Beasley and Kevin Durant as the only high-major players in the last 20 years to rank in the top 10 nationally in both scoring and rebounding in the same season.

Edey was a dominant force every time he stepped onto the court last season. He doesn’t have a perimeter game — that’s up to Braden Smith and Fletcher Loyer — but the fact that he could somehow be better this year, something Matt Painter said at Big Ten media day, is wild to think about. How he handles ball screens defensively is a big key to Purdue’s season because teams will try to exploit Edey on that end of the floor with spacing. But overall, we should appreciate the fact that we get to watch the reigning national player of the year for another season in West Lafayette.

2. Armando Bacot, North Carolina 
Class: Senior
Height/Weight: 6-11, 240 pounds
2022-23 stats: 15.9 PPG, 10.4 RPG 

Bacot passed Hansbrough last year as UNC’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,335 and counting. Add that to the fact that he also owns the program record for double-doubles with 68, and it becomes quite clear that his career numbers are up there with the best to ever wear Carolina blue. But for Bacot, this upcoming season isn’t about what he does individually. All of those records are great, but as he told me in an exclusive conversation, it’s about charging North Carolina to a second Final Four in the last three years and shedding away the bad taste the Tar Heels had in their mouths last season.

When North Carolina reached the national championship game in 2022, Bacot became the first player in college basketball history to notch six double-doubles in one NCAA Tournament. He is made for the March stage. This upcoming season, his fifth in Chapel Hill, is about getting there again.

Hubert Davis has star guard RJ Davis back to charge the backcourt, while he and his staff crushed it in the transfer portal with Cormac Ryan and Harrison Ingram coming in from Notre Dame and Stanford, respectively. If five-star freshman Elliot Cadeau comes in and makes an immediate impact as a ball handler, watch out. This UNC team could get to Arizona in April. 

3. Hunter Dickinson, Kansas
Class: Senior
Height/Weight: 7-2, 260 pounds
2022-23 stats: 18.5 PPG, 9.0 RPG 

In my opinion, Hunter Dickinson is the biggest name to enter the transfer portal in its history. The fact that a former All-American and three-time All-Big Ten selection, who has averaged over 18 points and nine rebounds per game in the last two seasons, left Michigan to go to another program instead of the pro ranks, is really something.

The fact that Dickinson is now pairing up with Hall of Fame head coach Bill Self, who is an offensive mastermind, is scary for the rest of the Big 12 and college basketball. Dickinson joins a Jayhawks program that is setting aim on a second national championship in the last three years. He joins a group that has Dajuan Harris Jr. back at point guard and fellow returnees Kevin McCullar Jr. and KJ Adams in the fold as well. 

This feels like a match made in heaven between Dickinson and Self, who called the big man the best offensive post player he’s ever worked with.

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4. Kyle Filipowski, Duke
Class: Sophomore
Height/Weight: 7-feet, 248 pounds
2022-23 stats: 15.1 PPG, 8.9 RPG

Filipowski was the third-highest-ranked recruit in Jon Scheyer’s 2022 class, but he quickly established himself as the alpha of that group, going off for 17 points and 14 rebounds in his third college game against Kansas. Filipowski’s versatility and length make him a tough cover for opposing defenses, which led to him recording 16 double-doubles last season. He could have been a top-20 NBA Draft pick had he left after his stellar freshman campaign. Instead, the Duke sensation is back with classmates Tyrese Proctor and Mark Mitchell on a Blue Devils team that ranks No. 2 in the FOX Sports Preseason Top 25. 

Filipowski could go from a middle first-round pick in the draft to a top-10 selection if his jumper can evolve. As a freshman, he shot 28% from 3-point range. But more than anything, he’s back at Duke to lead the Blue Devils in their quest to win their first national championship since 2015. 

5. Ryan Kalkbrenner, Creighton
Class: Senior
Height/Weight: 7-1, 270 pounds
2022-23 stats: 15.9 PPG, 6.1 RPG 

Last season, Kalkbrenner joined Allen Iverson, Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo and seven others as one of only 11 players in the history of the Big East to be named the conference’s defensive player of the year twice. The 7-1 senior is an invaluable rim protector that has totaled 161 rejections over the last two seasons. Being a part of six NCAA Tournament wins at Creighton, more than any player in program history, he averaged 20 points and six rebounds per game during the Jays’ first Elite Eight run in modern tournament history this past year. Not only is he a force on defense, but what stands out about Kalkbrenner is his efficiency. He is adding a 3-pointer, but the way he can play above the rim and execute in screen-and-roll situations is tremendous. 

Kalkbrenner led the Big East in field goal percentage in each of the last two seasons, and his 67% clip would be sixth all time in NCAA history for a career. He will be at the forefront of a Creighton team that is ranked No. 6 in the FOX Sports Preseason Top 25. When you combine the guard play of Baylor Scheierman, Trey Alexander and Steven Ashworth with Kalkbrenner, that’s a lethal formula. His presence means everything to what Greg McDermott wants to do. 

6. Oumar Ballo, Arizona
Class: Senior
Height/Weight: 7-feet, 260 pounds
2022-23 stats: 14.2 PPG, 8.6 RPG 

Arizona head coach Tommy Lloyd, who has gone 61-11 in his first two seasons on the job, unlocked something out of his frontcourt duo of Tubelis and Ballo last year. They combined for 34 points and 17.7 rebounds per game, with Tubelis being named a second-team All-American and becoming one of the best players in the country. This year, Ballo goes from Robin to Batman in Tucson, and the Mali native will look to form a new dynamic pair with San Diego State transfer Keshad Johnson, who was a starter on the national runner-up Aztecs team last season.

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Ballo’s evolution has already been really impressive, having more than doubled his numbers from the 2021-22 season when he averaged 6.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, which led to him being named Pac-12 Most Improved Player of the Year. Possessing a 7-6 wingspan, Ballo is also an NBA Academy Latin America alum who led Mali to its best finish in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. His athletic ability and strength has always been present, but it’s the different ways he can impact the game offensively that is a direct reflection of what Lloyd and his staff are able to do with talent. The Wildcats will have a backcourt filled with options featuring North Carolina transfer Caleb Love, rising star Kylan Boswell, Alabama transfer Jaden Bradley, and returnee Pelle Larsson. Ballo won’t have to fight with Tubelis for touches this year. It’s his show on the interior, and that’s why he is a FOX Sports preseason third-team All-American.

7. Donovan Clingan, UConn 
Class: Sophomore
Height/Weight: 7-2, 280 pounds
2022-23 stats: 6.9 PPG, 5.6 RPG 

Those numbers don’t look gaudy, but Clingan did that while playing 13.1 minutes per game, serving in a critical role to back up Sanogo on the national championship Huskies team last season. By every account in Storrs and beyond, the sophomore from nearby Bristol, Connecticut is poised for an All-American type season for the Huskies.

Clingan returned to practice this past week after missing the previous four weeks with a right foot strain. His strength, finishing ability around the rim and an emerging 3-point shot make him a really scary player for opposing teams this year. Is he going to be the next great UConn big man? All signs point to that happening, provided the foot doesn’t cause any injury flare-ups. 

John Fanta is a national college basketball broadcaster and writer for FOX Sports. He covers the sport in a variety of capacities, from calling games on FS1 to serving as lead host on the BIG EAST Digital Network to providing commentary on The Field of 68 Media Network. Follow him on Twitter @John_Fanta.

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سایت طوفان بت : Sheriff vs Servette Prediction: Europa League Match | 26.10.2023

Sheriff vs Servette Prediction: Europa League Match | 26.10.2023


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The pressure will be on Sheriff and Servette on Thursday as they return to Europa League action. Both sides are still searching for their first victories in Group G, and only a win will do for either to keep alive their hopes of finishing in one of the top two positions.

 

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There will be pressure on both Servette and Sheriff this week, as neither have picked up a point in the Europa League so far this season. Servette sit a place higher in the standings courtesy of their slightly better goal difference, but they have easily slipped to defeats against Slavia Praha and AS Roma across the opening two matchdays. 

Sheriff also sit without a point in the current Group G standings, as they have allowed a group-high of eight goals after matches against Roma and Slavia Praha. However, a victory for the hosts this week could reignite their chances of finishing in one of the top two places to progress through to the next round of the competition.

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However, the hosts have really underperformed across matches in the Europa League in recent seasons, as they have now lost nine of their previous eleven. Over that period, they have recorded just two victories. They will need to be more competitive against their rivals this week if they are to gain maximum points. 

Servette are one of four teams that are yet to find the net in the Europa League this season. Meanwhile, only Villarreal has accumulated a lower expected goals than the visitors on Thursday. But, the Swiss side has never lost three matches on the bounce in Europe without finding the back of the net. 

Sheriff vs Servette Head to Head 

Sheriff will be coming up against a Swiss rival for just the second time in their history. They lost both legs against Basel in the Champions League qualifying round in 2010. Meanwhile, Servette will be coming up against a side from Moldova for the first time in their history on Thursday. 

Sheriff vs Servette Prediction 

Both of these sides will need to bounce back to their best form this week, as victories in the double header will reignite their chances of progression. However, the slight preference is for Servette, who could be good value to upset the odds and record an away win in Moldova this week.

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سایت طوفان بت : 10 heaviest NBA players currently

10 heaviest NBA players currently


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Looking for the heaviest NBA player 2023? Read more below and find out who are the heaviest NBA players currently.

Heaviest NBA player 2023

Unlike football, weight is not that much of a factor in basketball. Basketball players aren’t linemen who need to have bigger frames to thrive throughout the game.

In basketball, weight is a double-edged sword. It can be advantageous for certain players since they can easily create space using their bodies. However, it can also be the number one cause of injuries since it puts stress on the knees. Being heavy also means you are a step slow on the defensive end, which can be problematic for teams.

Here are the ten heaviest players in NBA currently…

10. Wendell Carter Jr., 270 pounds

Wendell Carter Jr. is one of the best rebounders in the game. Combined with his athleticism, he uses his 270-pound frame to gather rebounds. Last season, he had 21 double-double games.

Apart from his inside scoring and rebounding, Carter can also stretch the floor. He can thrive on the perimeter and shoot the three-ball.

9. Andre Drummond, 270 pounds

We all remember Andre Drummond for leading the league in rebounds four times. He was a monster on both the offensive and defensive glass, reaching 15+ rebounds a game.

Drummond wasn’t uber-athletic. Rather, he uses his large frame to create space and coral rebounds.

However, as the game evolved, Drummond’s game declined. After all, he was a traditional center who lived mainly in the paint.

8. Kenneth Lofton Jr., 275 pounds

Standing at 6-foot-7, Kenneth Lofton Jr. is an undersized power forward. His bread and butter is his back-to-the-basket game where he uses his 275-pound frame to overpower smaller defenders. Even against taller defenders, Lofton can make them out of position with his strength.

Apart from his low-post scoring, Lofton can also stretch the floor and create plays for his teammates. He displayed his offensive versatility when he scored a career-high 42 points and 14 rebounds against the Thunder. It’s unclear whether Lofton will crack the Grizzlies rotation in the upcoming season, but it’s great to have a player like him at the end of the bench.

7. Joel Embiid, 280 pounds

After winning the MVP, Joel Embiid should be in the discussion of being one of the top centers in NBA history. Last season, he averaged 33.1 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game on 55% shooting. He won the league MVP and became the scoring champion.

Embiid’s 280-pound frame and strength allow him to dominate in the paint. He’s simply unstoppable when he gets the ball in the post. Apart from his strength, he has the footwork and soft touch around the rim to put his defenders out of position.

In addition to his dominance down low, Embiid can also shoot and handle the ball well. Slower centers don’t stand a chance against him even on the perimeter.

6. Robin Lopez, 281 pounds

Up to this date, Robin Lopez is still a serviceable center due to his defense and rim protection. His big frame allows him to become a solid defensive anchor inside the paint.

Lopez has been a journeyman throughout his career, playing for teams such as the Blazers, Bucks, and Bulls. He last played for the Cavs to serve as a backup to Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley.

5. Brook Lopez, 282 pounds

Brook Lopez is one of the best rim protectors in the league right now. His rim protection and three-point shooting are what make him valuable to the Bucks. He averaged a career-high in blocks last season with 2.5 swats per game. Despite being heavy, Lopez makes up for it with his verticality and elite timing to block shots.

Apart from being a block machine, Lopez can stretch the floor and shoot the three-ball well. Last season, he shot 37% on nearly 5 attempts per game from beyond the arc.

4. Nikola Jokic, 284 pounds

After winning the NBA championship in the 2022-23 season, Nikola Jokic is officially one of the top centers in NBA history. He’s arguably the most complete offensive player in the league right now. For his size, he has elite playmaking, rebounding, and shooting ability.

At 284 pounds, he uses his body well in the post to overpower defenders and shoot over them. What’s great about him is that he has soft touch for his size. He can make any shot even when it’s awkward looking.

3. Zion Williamson, 284 pounds

When it comes to the heaviest NBA player 2023 discussions, Zion Williamson‘s name will always be mentioned. After all, he has been struggling to stay healthy which can be attributed to his weight. His explosive style of play combined with his weight puts a lot of stress on his body.

When healthy, Zion is a hell of a player. He’s a freakish athlete who can bully defenders using his strength and dunk over defenders emphatically. Last season, he averaged 26 points, 7 rebounds, and 4.6 assists on 61% shooting.

2. Boban Marjanovic, 290 pounds

At 290 pounds, Boban Marjanovic will go down as one of the tallest and heaviest players in league history. His size is a matchup nightmare for his defenders in the post. He uses his size well to punish and shoot over defenders without getting blocked. He can easily dunk the basketball without even jumping.

Marjanovic has been a solid backup center for different teams such as the Pistons, Clippers, Mavericks, and Sixers. However, his minutes started dwindling down in the past few seasons. It’s unclear whether he will crack the rotation with the Rockets in the upcoming season.

1. Jusuf Nurkic, 290 pounds

Jusuf Nurkic is the heaviest NBA player in 2023. Despite being one of the biggest players in the league, Nurkic can move well for his size. He uses his body well to back down defenders and he has great footwork and touch around the rim.

In the past seven seasons with the Blazers, he has been a solid starting center, averaging 14.4 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. However, he has had trouble staying healthy in the past few seasons. Phoenix took a big risk trading for Nurkic this offseason.

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سایت طوفان بت : Scheduling questions after England vs New Zealand low crowd in Ahmedabad, India’s absence raises eyebrows


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Questions have been asked over the scheduling of the ICC Cricket World Cup after the tournament opener was welcomed by thousands of empty seats.

For the first time since the 1996 World Cup, the host nation did not participate in the first match of the tournament, as England and New Zealand faced off in Ahmedabad.

The match lacked the buzz of a World Cup opener, with thousands of seats inside the 132,000-seater Narendra Modi Stadium vacant as England came out to bat.

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It prompted former England captain Michael Atherton to pose a question while on commentary.

“Do you not think it’s sensible the hosts should start?” Atherton asked co-commentator and Indian great Ravi Shastri.

“Because you’re guaranteed a full house and an immediate lift for the tournament.”

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“Absolutely, especially on a ground like this,” Shastri replied.

“I understand you want one of the finalists to play or the former champion to play, but at all costs (you should) have a home team play.

“If this was India-England, you’re guaranteed a full house (or) at least 70-80,000 people, even on a working day.

“It just kicks off the tournament, gives it a buzz, there’s a build-up.” 

Shastri and Atherton weren’t the only ones to notice the empty stands either, with fans on social media critical of the match being played in Ahmedabad as opposed to a smaller stadium elsewhere in the country.

After being sent in to bat, England finished its 50 overs on 9-282 with Joe Root (77 off 86) and skipper Jos Butler (43 off 42) leading the way.

Matt Henry (3-48 off 10 overs) and Mitchell Santner (2-37 off 10 overs) were the pick of New Zealand’s bowlers.

India, the sole host nation of this year’s World Cup, will not be in action until the tournament is three days on when it hosts Australia on Sunday night.

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سایت طوفان بت : Celtics acquire Jrue Holiday, trade Malcolm Brogdon, Robert Williams III and picks

Celtics acquire Jrue Holiday, trade Malcolm Brogdon, Robert Williams III and picks


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The Celtics are trading for former Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday afternoon.

The deal sends Holiday, a multi-time All-Star and All-Defensive First Teamer to Boston for Robert Williams III, Malcolm Brogdon, a 2024 Golden State Warriors First Round pick, as well as a 2029 unprotected Boston Celtics First Round pick.

Holiday was traded earlier this week to the Portland Trail Blazers in the deal that sent Damian Lillard to the Milwaukee Bucks. However, Wojnarowski reported that Holiday would be immediately shopped to several contenders as Portland looked to rebuild around its young core of guards.

After Lillard was traded to Milwaukee, the Celtics reported wanted Holiday to bolster their already formidable lineup with the now-reloaded Bucks looming. Along with Derrick White, Holiday will anchor one of the most dominant defensive backcourts in recent NBA history.

A career 16.4 points-per-game scorer, Holiday is often lauded as one of the league’s most underrated players and was the second-best player on a team that won the NBA Finals a mere two years ago.

By trading Williams, the Celtics lose significant depth in their Center rotation, with Kristaps Porzingis and Al Horford as the only remaining bona fide bigs on the roster. Brogdon was reportedly upset with the Celtics organization after he was almost traded to the Clippers earlier this offseason, so his inclusion in the trade is unsurprising.

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سایت طوفان بت : NFL Week 3 picks, schedule, odds, injuries, fantasy tips

NFL Week 3 picks, schedule, odds, injuries, fantasy tips


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The Week 3 NFL schedule for the 2023 season is stacked with great matchups, and we’ve got you covered with what you need to know heading into the weekend. Our NFL Nation reporters bring us the biggest keys to every game and a bold prediction for each matchup.

Additionally, ESPN Stats & Information provides a big stat to know and a betting nugget for each contest, and our Football Power Index (FPI) goes inside the numbers with a game projection. Analytics writer Seth Walder picks out each matchup’s biggest X factor, and fantasy analyst Eric Moody hands out helpful fantasy football intel. Finally, Walder and Moody give us final score picks for every game. Everything you want to know is here in one spot to help you get ready for a loaded weekend of NFL football.

Let’s get into the full Week 3 slate, including an AFC East Patriots-Jets showdown, Justin Herbert vs. Kirk Cousins and a pair of first-round rookie running backs facing off. It all culminates with a doubleheader on “Monday Night Football” — the Eagles visit the Buccaneers (7:15 p.m. ET) on ABC/ESPN+ and the Rams take on the Bengals (8:15 p.m. ET) on ESPN/ESPN2. (Game times are Sunday unless otherwise noted.)

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ATL-DET | BUF-WSH | NO-GB
DEN-MIA | TEN-CLE | LAC-MIN
NE-NYJ | HOU-JAX | IND-BAL
CAR-SEA | CHI-KC | DAL-ARI
PIT-LV | PHI-TB | LAR-CIN

Thursday: SF 30, NYG 12

1 p.m. ET | CBS | Spread: DET -3 (46)

Storyline to watch: Atlanta’s No. 8 overall pick, Bijan Robinson, and the Lions’ No. 12 overall pick, Jahmyr Gibbs, will be in action in the same game on Sunday. Gibbs wants to be the best running back out there but says he has been impressed by Robinson so far. Robinson and Gibbs were the first pair of running backs to go in the top 12 picks of the draft since 2017, when Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey were selected fourth and eighth, respectively. — Eric Woodyard

Bold prediction: With Detroit’s offensive line banged up — Taylor Decker (ankle) and Halapoulivaati Vaitai (left knee) are dealing with injuries — Falcons defensive end Calais Campbell will make personal history, picking up career sack No. 100 in the second quarter. It will be one of three sacks the Falcons have against Detroit, which would double their total for the season. — Michael Rothstein

Stat to know: Robinson has 180 rushing yards (the second most in the NFL) and leads all running backs in receptions (10) this season.

Matchup X factor: Falcons defensive tackle David Onyemata. He has come up huge so far this year with a 22% pass rush win rate at defensive tackle, the fourth best at the position. If he and Grady Jarrett are able to break through the Lions’ offensive line and disrupt quarterback Jared Goff, that would go a long way toward slowing down the explosive Detroit offense. — Walder

Injuries: Falcons | Lions

What to know for fantasy: Goff has one of the highest on-target rates through Week 2. He has produced a quarterback rating of 85 or higher in each of the past nine games and has averaged 19.4 fantasy points per game in that span. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody

Betting nugget: The Lions are 24-12 against the spread (ATS) under Dan Campbell, the second-best mark in the NFL in that span (since 2021). He is 3-3 outright and ATS as a favorite. Read more.

Moody’s pick: Lions 31, Falcons 27
Walder’s pick: Lions 30, Falcons 20
FPI prediction: DET, 55.1% (by an average of 1.9 points)

Matchup must-reads: Falcons’ Okudah ready for return to Detroit … Montgomery could miss ‘couple weeks’ … Ridder still striving for improvement after 2-0 start … Lions lose Gardner-Johnson to torn pec; he hopes to be back in 2023

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Why fantasy mangers should start Jahmyr Gibbs in Week 3

Mike Clay breaks down why Jahmyr Gibbs would be a solid RB1 for fantasy managers in Week 3.


1 p.m. ET | CBS | Spread: BUF -6.5 (43.5)

Storyline to watch: Sunday’s game will come down to who wins the battle outside the pocket: Bills quarterback Josh Allen or Washington’s defense? Washington has allowed 16 dropbacks to be extended outside the pocket — second most in the NFL — but ranks fourth in completion percentage on those plays (33.3%). Meanwhile, Allen has thrown three touchdowns while outside the pocket — tied for first in the NFL — and has thrown for the fifth-most yards (79). — John Keim

Bold prediction: The two teams will combine for at least 10 sacks. The Commanders are tied for the league lead in sacks with 10, but they have also given up 10 sacks (tied for second most). So, the Bills will have an opportunity to increase their sack total from three. — Alaina Getzenberg

Stat to know: The Bills have won eight of nine matchups against the Commanders since losing Super Bowl XXVI following the 1991 season. Seven of those eight wins have been by double digits (their only loss was on road in Week 15 of 2015).

Matchup X factor: Commanders cornerback Kendall Fuller. He’s off to a hot start with just a 9% target rate — best among all corners with at least 50 coverage snaps — and 0.2 yards per coverage snap allowed, per NFL Next Gen Stats. If the Commanders are going to beat the Bills, stopping the Buffalo pass game will be key. — Walder

Injuries: Bills | Commanders

What to know for fantasy: The Commanders have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Buffalo WR Stefon Diggs has 17 receptions for 242 yards and a touchdown in two games at Washington. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody

Betting nugget: Washington quarterback Sam Howell is 2-0 outright as an underdog in his career. Read more.

Moody’s pick: Bills 27, Commanders 21
Walder’s pick: Bills 33, Commanders 17
FPI prediction: BUF, 73.4% (by an average of 8.8 points)

Matchup must-reads: Bills’ balanced approach could be new blueprint … Commanders relishing starting 2-0 … Young’s splashy return a good sign for Washington’s defense


1 p.m. ET | Fox | Spread: GB -2 (42.5)

Storyline to watch: Jordan Love has settled into the QB1 job, but there’s one thing he hasn’t done yet: Start a game at Lambeau Field. In fact, most of his playing time over the past three seasons has come on the road. Of his 135 career passing attempts, only 11 have been at Lambeau Field. Saints quarterback Derek Carr has one career start at Lambeau in 2019 — he threw for 293 yards and two touchdown passes in a loss as a member of the Raiders. — Rob Demovsky

Bold prediction: The Saints will hold the Packers to less than 100 rushing yards. Green Bay is averaging just 88 rushing yards through two games, and running back Aaron Jones missed last week with a hamstring injury. The Packers could certainly test the Saints’ pass defense, which will be without starting safety Marcus Maye (suspended), but their run defense will be stout again, especially if Jones isn’t 100%. — Katherine Terrell

Stat to know: The Saints have held opponents to 20 or fewer points in a franchise-record 10 straight games. The only team with a longer streak over the past 25 seasons was the Patriots (11 straight in 2018-19).

Matchup X factor: Packers wide receiver Jayden Reed. The rookie has a whopping 38% target rate in two games, which puts him behind Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. — Walder

Injuries: Saints | Packers

What to know for fantasy: Love has scored 20 or more fantasy points in consecutive games and leads the league in passer rating (123.2). See Week 3 rankings. — Moody

Betting nugget: Green Bay is 13-4 ATS after a loss under Matt LaFleur. Read more.

Moody’s pick: Packers 28, Saints 21
Walder’s pick: Packers 19, Saints 16
FPI prediction: GB, 53.3% (by an average of 1.2 points)

Matchup must-reads: Williams (hamstring) expected to miss time … Love not ready to make up for Packers’ deficiencies — yet … Saints WR trio making a difference in crunch time


1 p.m. ET | CBS | Spread: MIA -6.5 (48.5)

Storyline to watch: The Dolphins seek their second straight 3-0 start under Mike McDaniel, and they’ve got a great matchup waiting in their home opener. Miami’s NFL-best passing offense (355 yards/game) faces the Broncos’ 21st-ranked pass defense (233 yards/game) — although Miami might be without wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, who entered concussion protocol this week. — Marcel Louis-Jacques

Bold prediction: The Broncos will need patience and some stops by their own defense, but they will have their first 100-yard rusher of the season. Miami’s defense, with former Broncos coach Vic Fangio calling the shots, makes it hard to find the big plays in the passing game. But the Broncos’ three backs — Javonte Williams, Samaje Perine and rookie Jaleel McLaughlin — and even QB Russell Wilson should find some room against a Miami defense that allowed 233 yards rushing to the Chargers in Week 1 and is allowing opposing runners to gain 4.9 yards per carry. — Jeff Legwold

Stat to know: Wilson’s 17 QBR vs. man coverage this season is the second worst in the NFL behind Steelers QB Kenny Pickett. The Dolphins have used man coverage at the third-highest rate in the NFL through the first two weeks of the 2023 season (62% of time).

Matchup X factor: Broncos cornerback Pat Surtain II. He’s off to a nice start this season with just 42 yards allowed over 60 coverage snaps (that 0.7 yards per coverage snap allowed ranks sixth best among corners with at least 50 coverage snaps, per NFL Next Gen Stats). Containing the Dolphins’ wide receivers is a mighty challenge, but Surtain is one corner who might be up for it. — Walder

Injuries: Broncos | Dolphins

What to know for fantasy: Wilson has averaged 280.7 passing yards and 18.5 fantasy points per game against the Dolphins in his career. In two games this season, Wilson has thrown for 485 passing yards, five passing touchdowns and rushed for 57 yards. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody

Betting nugget: The Dolphins are 14-5-1 ATS as home favorites since 2017. Read more.

Moody’s pick: Dolphins 35, Broncos 30
Walder’s pick: Dolphins 24, Broncos 20
FPI prediction: MIA, 70% (by an average of 7.4 points)

Matchup must-reads: Payton eyeing ways to fix clock management issues … Tagovailoa, Dolphins’ offense off to scorching start to 2023 season


1 p.m. ET | CBS | Spread: CLE -3.5 (39.5)

Storyline to watch: How will quarterback Deshaun Watson bounce-back following a miserable “Monday Night Football” performance in which he had a 55% completion percentage, was sacked six times and fumbled twice? The Titans’ defense is tied for the eighth-most sacks (7) through two games, which doesn’t bode well for Watson. The defense also won’t have to worry about All-Pro running back Nick Chubb, who is lost for the season with a knee injury. — Jake Trotter

Bold prediction: A late strip sack will lead to a Titans win. The Titans’ defensive line has consistently set its focus on getting to the quarterback and knocking the ball out. Given how Watson has three fumbles in two games, this week will be a prime opportunity for Titans defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons and the defense to generate a late turnover. — Turron Davenport

Stat to know: The Browns have not allowed any red zone touchdowns or field goals. They would be the first team since at least 1978 to not allow any red zone points through three games.

Matchup X factor: The Browns’ surprisingly strong run defense. After ranking 29th in EPA per designed run allowed last season, the defense ranks third in the category after two weeks in 2023. That’s important against a Titans team that is better on the ground than through the air. — Walder

Injuries: Titans | Browns

What to know for fantasy: Running back Kareem Hunt, who signed with the Browns following Chubb’s injury, trailed only Chubb in rushing attempts (442), rushing yards (1,874) and rushing touchdowns (16) during his previous four seasons with the Browns. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody

Betting nugget: The Titans are 7-2-1 ATS on the road since the start of last season (7-1-1 ATS last nine). Read more.

Moody’s pick: Titans 20, Browns 17
Walder’s pick: Browns 24, Titans 17
FPI prediction: CLE, 57.1% (by an average of 2.6 points)

Matchup must-reads: Tannehill reasserts himself at Titans’ QB1, leaves bad Week 1 behind … Browns lose Chubb for season after ‘significant’ knee injury … With Chubb out, Browns need Watson to play like $230 million

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McAfee: Kareem Hunt-Browns reunion makes sense

Pat McAfee and crew react to Kareem Hunt returning to the Browns on a one-year contract.


1 p.m. ET | Fox | Spread: MIN -1 (54)

Storyline to watch: Both teams are 0-2 and on a weird run of losing close games, dating back to the 2022 season. The Chargers have lost the past four games they’ve played, all by three points or less, while the Vikings have lost three consecutive games by one score, after winning 11 consecutive such games. — Kevin Seifert

Bold prediction: Justin Herbert will throw for less than 200 yards. Herbert has thrown for fewer than 200 yards four times in his career, one of which came against the Vikings in 2021. The Vikings have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL, so the Chargers will rely on the ground game. — Kris Rhim

Stat to know: Keenan Allen needs 111 receiving yards to pass Lance Alworth (9,584) for second most in Chargers history.

Matchup X factor: Chargers cornerbacks Asante Samuel Jr., Michael Davis and J.C. Jackson. The trio allows 1.8, 2.7 and 3.0 yards per coverage snap, respectively — and the average for corners this year is 1.4, per NFL Next Gen Stats. They’re going against the Vikings, who have the highest designed pass rate in the league (80%). — Walder

Injuries: Chargers | Vikings

What to know for fantasy: While the Vikings traded for Cam Akers to energize their running game, with Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson, T.J. Hockenson and Jordan Addison they will continue to rely heavily on the passing game. This season, the Chargers’ defense has allowed the most yards on deep passes. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody

Betting nugget: The Vikings have covered five straight meetings dating back to 2007. Read more.

Moody’s pick: Vikings, 34, Chargers 31
Walder’s pick: Chargers 33, Vikings 28
FPI prediction: LAC, 53.2% (by an average of 1.2 points)

Matchup must-reads: Chargers not ‘turning our back on each other’ after 0-2 start, defensive woes … Jefferson, Cousins and Hunter start hot ahead of contract talks … No timetable for Ekeler’s return, coach says … Vikings still confident in Mattison after Akers deal

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How many passing yards will Kirk Cousins rack up vs. the Chargers?

Erin Dolan expects Kirk Cousins to have a big performance for the Vikings in their matchup vs. the Chargers.


1 p.m. ET | CBS | Spread: NE -2.5 (36.5)

Storyline to watch: It’s all about the streak (the Patriots have won 14 straight in this series) and two 2021 first-round quarterbacks: Mac Jones and Zach Wilson. Jones has regained his footing after a disappointing 2022, while Wilson, starting for the injured Aaron Rodgers, looks to conquer his New England demons (0-4 against the Patriots). — Rich Cimini

Bold prediction: A special teams play will decide the game. Consider that the Jets have converted on six straight fake punts since 2014 (their most recent coming last week versus Dallas), which is the second-longest streak over that span. And the NFL is still buzzing over Brenden Schooler’s blocked field goal last week, as the Patriots look to block a kick in back-to-back games for the first time since 2017. — Mike Reiss

Stat to know: Jones has thrown 96 passes this season, which leads all quarterbacks through two weeks and is the third most by any player in the team’s first two games in franchise history (Tom Brady: 100 in 2009, Drew Bledsoe: 98 in 1995).

Matchup X factor: Jets left tackle Duane Brown. His 63% pass block win rate ranks worst among all tackles. He simply has to protect better for his quarterback to have a chance. — Walder

Injuries: Patriots | Jets

What to know for fantasy: With an average of 4.8 yards per target, the Patriots’ wide receiver corps ranks 31st in the league. New England’s receivers now face a solid Jets cornerback unit. This has the makings of a low-scoring affair. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody

Betting nugget: Seven of Wilson’s past eight starts have gone under the total. He is 0-4 outright and ATS in his past four starts. Read more.

Moody’s pick: Patriots 14, Jets 13
Walder’s pick: Patriots 20, Jets 14
FPI prediction: NYJ, 54.7% (by an average of 1.7 points)

Matchup must-reads: Inside Patriots’ thrilling FG block that’s ‘going to change the game’ … Jets’ slow-starting offensive line vows better protection for Wilson


1 p.m. ET | Fox | Spread: JAX -9 (44.5)

Storyline to watch: The Texans’ offensive line is ravaged by injuries, which could make things rough for rookie QB C.J. Stroud. He hasn’t thrown an interception but has already been sacked 11 times in two games. The Jaguars’ defense has forced six turnovers and sacked opposing quarterbacks six times in two games. That would seem to be a recipe for the Jaguars to win back-to-back games in the series for the first time since 2017. — Michael DiRocco

Bold prediction: Expect the Texans to force at least two turnovers, with multiple sacks, and pull off the upset. Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence is 1-3 against the Texans and has thrown three touchdown passes and six interceptions. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, the Texans rank fifth in the league in pressure rate (44%). When Lawrence is pressured, he completes just 44% of his passes with a rating of 29. — DJ Bien-Aime

Stat to know: Stroud has 91 pass attempts without an interception. He is only 44 attempts shy of reaching the top five longest streaks to begin a career (Dak Prescott 176, Tom Brady 162, Kyle Allen 159, Tua Tagovailoa 153 and Carson Wentz/Desmond Ridder 134).

Matchup X factor: Texans running back Dameon Pierce. He has 69 rushing yards in two weeks of action and now is facing the Jaguars, who have the best EPA per designed run allowed in the league. Stroud could surely use a little more support from the ground game. — Walder

Injuries: Texans | Jaguars

What to know for fantasy: Stroud has amassed 626 passing yards in his first two career starts. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody

Betting nugget: The Jaguars are 0-7 ATS in their past seven games as home favorites (1-6 outright). Read more.

Moody’s pick: Jaguars 27, Texans 17
Walder’s pick: Texans 23, Jaguars 21
FPI prediction: JAX, 71.2% (by an average of 7.9 points)

Matchup must-reads: Loss overshadows Stroud’s historic day for Texans … Struggling offense should concern Jaguars … Texans lose CB Stingley Jr. to hamstring injury


1 p.m. ET | CBS | Spread: BAL -8 (45)

Storyline to watch: Lamar Jackson vs. Colts pass rush. Indianapolis ranks second in the AFC with eight sacks, including six last Sunday against the Texans. Last week, Jackson wasn’t sacked for the first time since September 2022 and faced a career-low 9.1% pressure rate, despite missing injured starting center Tyler Linderbaum and left tackle Ronnie Stanley. — Jamison Hensley

Bold prediction: The Colts will hold the Ravens to fewer than 75 rushing yards despite Baltimore’s average of 144 yards through two games. The Colts rank first in rushing defense, allowing just 2.6 yards per carry entering Week 3. That’s not to say Jackson can’t beat the Colts through the air. But an effective performance against the run will make Baltimore’s offense a bit more one-dimensional and easier to defend. — Stephen Holder

Stat to know: Rookie Zay Flowers has 13 receptions in his first two games, which is more than twice as much as any other Ravens player (all other Baltimore receivers have combined for 16).

Matchup X factor: Ravens wide receiver Nelson Agholor. After Odell Beckham Jr. didn’t finish the Ravens’ Week 2 game and was held out of practice on Wednesday, Agholor might take on a larger role. If so, he’s coming off a strong game in which he caught five passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. — Walder

Injuries: Colts | Ravens

What to know for fantasy: Jackson has the second-highest completion percentage (74.5%) among quarterbacks through two games. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody

Betting nugget: The Colts’ past five road games have gone over the total. Read more.

Moody’s pick: Ravens 33, Colts 17
Walder’s pick: Ravens 23, Colts 20
FPI prediction: BAL, 77.3% (by an average of 10.5 points)

Matchup must-reads: With Richardson in concussion protocol, QB’s style sparks debate … Jackson’s accuracy has taken the Ravens QB to another level


4:05 p.m. ET | CBS | Spread: SEA -6.5 (42)

Storyline to watch: Bryce Young missed the first two days of practice this week with an ankle injury, putting veteran Andy Dalton in line to start Sunday at Lumen Field. The 35-year-old Dalton isn’t anywhere near the dynamic threat that Young is, but he did game-manage the Saints to a victory over Seattle last October. — Brady Henderson

Bold prediction: Dalton will light up a Seattle defense that ranks 30th in passing yards allowed (325 per game) with 350 yards and three touchdown passes. That would be huge, considering Young (ankle) has combined for 299 yards passing and two touchdown passes in the first two games. Dalton shouldn’t have to worry about much pressure from the Seahawks, who rank 29th in sacks with two. — David Newton

Stat to know: Kenneth Walker III has four career games with multiple rushing touchdowns, tied for the most by a Seahawks player in his first two seasons in team history (David Sims, Curt Warner, Derrick Fenner).

Matchup X factor: Dalton. I suspect he’ll be an upgrade over Young in the rookie’s current state — Young has a 36 QBR in two games — and that might give Carolina a chance. — Walder

Injuries: Panthers | Seahawks

What to know for fantasy: The Panthers have allowed at least 130 rushing yards in each of their first two games. The Seahawks’ offensive line ranks seventh in run block win rate. In this matchup, Walker might exceed expectations. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody

Betting nugget: The Seahawks are 1-6 ATS as a favorite over the past two seasons, going 0-5 ATS in their past five games. Read more.

Moody’s pick: Seahawks 28, Panthers 17
Walder’s pick: Seahawks 24, Panthers 17
FPI prediction: SEA, 72.5% (by an average of 8.4 points)

Matchup must-reads: Panthers not expecting Young to play vs. Seahawks … Seahawks’ Woolen likely out Sunday

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What can fantasy managers expect from Tyler Lockett?

Field Yates details the up-and-down nature of Tyler Lockett’s fantasy production.


4:25 p.m. ET | Fox | Spread: KC -13 (48)

Storyline to watch: First to seven points wins? It hasn’t been that bad for either team, but offensively the Chiefs and Bears have been disappointments though two weeks. These teams are tied for 22nd in the league in scoring with 37 points through two games. Each team, Kansas City in particular, has reason to believe improvement will come if it can stop sloppy offensive play. Still, the problems have been so widespread for the Chiefs and Bears that it’s not wise to expect an explosive, high-scoring game. — Adam Teicher

Bold prediction: Patrick Mahomes will toss five touchdown passes against Chicago, three of which go to tight end Travis Kelce. Matt Eberflus is back to calling the Bears’ defense after former defensive coordinator Alan Williams’ sudden resignation. Eberflus’ Colts teams held Mahomes to his lowest Total QBR (56.3) against any team he has faced multiple times, including the playoffs. But the Chiefs quarterback is primed for a breakout performance against a Bears defense that has allowed an average of 25.5 offensive points in the first two games. — Courtney Cronin

Stat to know: Since the start of last season, 54% of the Chiefs’ receiving yards have come after the catch, the highest rate in the league. The Bears rank 31st in opponent YAC per reception over the same span.

Matchup X factor: Bears backup left tackle Larry Borom, assuming he gets the call to replace the injured Braxton Jones. Jones’ 97% pass block win rate ranked third among tackles, so Borom has impressive shoes to fill. — Walder

Injuries: Bears | Chiefs

What to know for fantasy: Justin Fields has been sacked on 11.5% of his dropbacks since entering the league. Fields has taken 10 sacks so far this season despite having the fifth-highest average time to throw. Don’t overlook the Chiefs if you’re looking for a streamable defense. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody

Betting nugget: Fields is 8-18-1 ATS in his career, including 0-3 ATS when getting double digits. Read more.

Moody’s pick: Chiefs 33, Bears 13
Walder’s pick: Chiefs 38, Bears 16
FPI prediction: KC, 81.9% (by an average of 12.8 points)

Matchup must-reads: GM says Bears don’t view Fields ‘as a finger pointer’ … Will Mahomes ever be paid what he’s worth? … Reid says Chiefs ‘can fix’ Taylor’s penalty woes

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Greeny: The Bears are “ruining” Justin Fields

Mike Greenberg goes off on the Chicago Bears, saying the organization is incompetent and is “ruining” Justin Fields.


4:25 p.m. ET | Fox | Spread: DAL -12 (43)

Storyline to watch: The Cardinals have been able to get to opposing quarterbacks with relative ease through two games, ranking tied for third with nine sacks. Sunday will be a battle of a top-tier pass rush against a top-tier offensive line, as the Cowboys have allowed just one sack of quarterback Dak Prescott. — Josh Weinfuss

Bold prediction: The Cardinals will have more possessions with fewer than 20 yards against the Cowboys than the nine they have had in their first two games of the season. The Cowboys’ defense has had eight drives in each of their wins, against the New York Giants and New York Jets, in which they allowed fewer than 20 yards. In 111 snaps, opposing offenses have combined for 17 negative-yardage plays. At 15.3%, that ranks second in the NFL. — Todd Archer

Stat to know: Prescott will play his 100th career game against the Cardinals. He’s the only player in NFL history with at least 150 touchdown passes and 25 rushing touchdowns in his first 100 games.

Matchup X factor: Cowboys defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa. Here’s another chance for Odighizuwa to shine: He’s currently leading the league in pass rush win rate as a defensive tackle (25%). — Walder

Injuries: Cowboys | Cardinals

What to know for fantasy: Dallas has allowed the third-fewest fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, the fewest to running backs and the fewest to wide receivers. If you have players facing the Cowboys’ defense on your fantasy teams, temper your expectations. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody

Betting nugget: The Cardinals are the sixth team in the past 30 seasons to start 2-0 ATS and 0-2 outright. Those teams are 1-4 outright and ATS in their third game (Falcons won and covered last season). Read more.

Moody’s pick: Cowboys 35, Cardinals 10
Walder’s pick: Cowboys 33, Cardinals 3
FPI prediction: DAL, 88.1% (by an average of 16.5 points)

Matchup must-reads: How Prescott got in sync with Cowboys’ receivers … Watkins to undergo biceps surgery … Cowboys CB Diggs suffers torn ACL … Cardinals’ offense progresses but needs to finish

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Swagu: Cowboys are still contenders without Trevon Diggs

Marcus Spears says the Dallas Cowboys are still Super Bowl contenders despite Trevon Diggs tearing his ACL.


8:20 p.m. ET | NBC | Spread: LV -2.5 (43)

Storyline to watch: Beat the Raiders in the teams’ first meeting in Las Vegas and Kenny Pickett will be the first Steelers quarterback to win a game in the Raiders’ home stadium since … Neil O’Donnell back on Dec. 10, 1995 — 2½ years before Pickett was born. The Raiders have won four straight home games against the Steelers (2006, 2012, 2013, 2018) with four different QBs (Andrew Walter, Carson Palmer, Terrelle Pryor and Derek Carr) by the average score of 25-21, beating two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in each of those contests. Those games, though, were all in Oakland. — Paul Gutierrez

Bold prediction: Josh Jacobs gets his first 100-yard rushing game of the season. Jacobs averaged nearly 100 yards a game last season, so this prediction doesn’t seem that bold. However, in the Week 2 loss to the Buffalo Bills, Jacobs had minus-2 rushing yards on nine attempts after just 48 yards a week earlier. Jacobs gets back on track this week against the Steelers, who have allowed the most rush yards over expected (plus-144) of any defense through Week 2 since 2018, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. — Brooke Pryor

Stat to know: Davante Adams has 116 straight games with a reception, the fifth-longest active streak in the league, trailing DeAndre Hopkins (147), Travis Kelce (144), Stefon Diggs (121) and Zach Ertz (118).

Matchup X factor: Pickett. The Steelers quarterback was bailed out by the defense in Week 2, but he has to be better for Pittsburgh to succeed going forward. Pickett has an 18.8 QBR, which ranks last of all qualifying quarterbacks. — Walder

Injuries: Steelers | Raiders

What to know for fantasy: This season, the Raiders have allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to running backs. In order for Pittsburgh running backs to capitalize on this trend, its offensive line must perform better. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody

Betting nugget: Mike Tomlin is 2-6 ATS in his career against the Raiders. He is 3-5 outright, all as a favorite. Read more.

Moody’s pick: Steelers 24, Raiders 21
Walder’s pick: Raiders 27, Steelers 16
FPI prediction: LV, 50.8% (by an average of 0.4 points)

Matchup must-reads: Fitzpatrick on Chubb hit: ‘I’m not a dirty player’ … Adams criticizes ‘out of control’ safety Rapp … Can Pickens help save the Steelers’ offense? … Two games, one target: Renfrow trying to make sense of Raiders role


Monday, 7:15 p.m. ET | ABC/ESPN+ | Spread: PHI -5 (46)

Storyline to watch: Almost no one saw the Bucs starting the season off 2-0, but their matchup with the defending NFC champions will be the only battle of unbeatens in Week 3. With the league’s top two run-stopping units, plus defenses that have a combined 12.0 sacks and 11 takeaways, you get the feeling this one will come down to who can protect their quarterback better. — Jenna Laine

Bold prediction: Mike Evans will find the end zone twice. He is coming off a monster six-catch, 171-yard performance against the Bears, and now faces a banged-up Eagles secondary that just lost slot corner Avonte Maddox for the year with a torn pec. Mario Goodrich got his first action as a pro in his place. It’s a safe bet the Bucs will line Evans up inside to try to take advantage of Maddox’s absence. — Tim McManus

Stat to know: DeVonta Smith and A.J. Brown represent 79% of the Eagles’ receiving yards, 59% of the targets and 55% of the receptions this season (highest percentage of a team’s receiving yards by a duo this season).

Matchup X factor: Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield. He has faced the lowest rate of light boxes (harder to throw against) in the league, and I suspect that will change this week if Tampa Bay falls behind. — Walder

Injuries: Eagles | Buccaneers

What to know for fantasy: Evans and Chris Godwin are a talented and versatile wide receiver duo, and Tampa Bay should rely heavily on them. The Eagles currently rank 31st in the league in pass defense, allowing 326 yards per game. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody

Betting nugget: Mayfield is 3-0 ATS in his past three starts and 5-2 ATS in his past seven starts. Read more.

Moody’s pick: Eagles 27, Buccaneers 17
Walder’s pick: Eagles 30, Buccaneers 10
FPI prediction: PHI, 69.6% (by an average of 7.2 points)

Matchup must-reads: Tests confirm Maddox tore his pectoral muscle … Bucs WR Mike Evans’ big day prompts online trend … Buccaneers’ Shaq Barrett dedicates pick-six to late daughter

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Why fantasy managers should start A. J. Brown in Week 3

Liz Loza expects A. J. Brown to post strong fantasy numbers in Week 3.


Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET | ESPN | Spread: CIN -3 (44)

Storyline to watch: Will Joe Burrow be available on Sunday? The Cincinnati QB is day-to-day as he continues to recover from a strained right calf that he reinjured in Week 2. Whether it’s Burrow or backup QB Jake Browning, the Bengals’ offense that ranks last in total yards per game (212.0) will face a Rams defense that ranks sixth in the NFL in total yards allowed per game (272.5) this season. — Ben Baby

Bold prediction: Regardless of who is at quarterback for the Bengals, Aaron Donald will take advantage of Cincinnati’s interior offensive line with two sacks Monday night. Although it’s a new combination of guard-center-guard for the Bengals, the group has struggled to protect the quarterback, ranking 31st in pass block win rate among interior offensive lines since the start of the 2022 season. Donald leads all interior defenders (with 100 interior pass-rush plays with win or loss) in pass rush win rate over that same span. — Sarah Barshop

Stat to know: Matthew Stafford’s 93 pass attempts this season rank second in the NFL behind Mac Jones (96). Stafford would need to throw 41 times to tie his career high for most pass attempts through his team’s first three games of a season (135 in 2018 with the Lions).

Matchup X factor: Bengals cornerbacks Cam Taylor-Britt and Chidobe Awuzie. Can anyone stop rookie star receiver Puka Nacua? Taylor-Britt and Awuzie will be the latest to try. — Walder

Injuries: Rams | Bengals

What to know for fantasy: With Akers gone, RB Kyren Williams could easily be a must-start. In last week’s game against the 49ers, Williams played 96% of the offensive snaps and had 20 touches. The Bengals rank 31st in rushing yards allowed so far this season, which should give Williams room to work. See Week 3 rankings. — Moody

Betting nugget: The Bengals are 9-3 ATS in their past 12 games as a favorite. Read more.

Moody’s pick: Bengals 26, Rams 23
Walder’s pick: Rams 26, Bengals 20
FPI prediction: CIN, 65.3% (by an average of 5.5 points)

Matchup must-reads: Meet Rams sensation Nacua … Burrow ‘day-to-day’ after tweaking calf injury in loss to Ravens

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سایت طوفان بت : Dinamo Zagreb vs FC Astana Prediction: Conference League

Dinamo Zagreb vs FC Astana Prediction: Conference League


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Dinamo Zagreb and Astana will go one-on-one at Stadion Maksimir on Thursday in matchday one of the Europa Conference League Group C, with kick-off slated for 19:00 GMT.

Key Highlights

Dinamo Zagreb warmed up for the visit of Astana with a commanding 3-0 win against Slaven Belupo in the HNL. The win took Dinamo Zagreb’s unbeaten run to five matches. The win also took their winning run to three consecutive matches in the HNL.

Dinamo Zagreb have started strongly to the HNL campaign; they have collected 13 points out of the available 18. They are currently 3rd on the HNL table, two points behind leaders Hajduk Split.

Dinamo Zagreb will focus on retaining their form and performance levels ahead of hosting Astana on Thursday.

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Astana warmed up for the trip to Dinamo Zagreb with an important 2-1 home win over Tobol. The win ended Astana’s four-match winless run, including two draws and two defeats. 

With the win, Astana are on 43 points, six behind the leaders of the Kazakhstan Premier League, Ordabasy. They will look to retain their form ahead of playing Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.

Injury Report

Neither side has reported fresh injury issues ahead of the Thursday clash.

Prediction

Dinamo Zagreb will win the home match and get off to a winning start to their Europa Conference League campaign.

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سایت طوفان بت : Top shooters in the NBA

Top shooters in the NBA


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Shooting — and especially three-point shooting — has become a must in today’s pace-and-space game, which is why having one of the best NBA shooters in 2023-24 puts their respective teams in a privileged position. And while every team still needs to play some defense to go the distance, this is an offense-oriented league.

Top 10 NBA shooters in 2023-24

With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the top-10 best shooters in the league ahead of the upcoming season, considering either volume, efficiency, or even form.

10. Kevin Durant

Our list of the best NBA shooters in 2023-24 starts with a proven veteran whose game keeps aging like a fine wine. Even if he’s struggled with injuries lately, Kevin Durant is still one of the most efficient scorers in the game, and his shot is just smooth and beautiful to watch.

Durant is one of the few guys who could legitimately shoot 50/40/90 from the floor year in and year out. He’s so good at getting to his spots, and his shot is usually money from all three levels. A guy his size shouldn’t be able to move and shoot the rock like he does.

9. Tyrese Maxey

Tyrese Maxey hasn’t fully embraced his potential as a sniper yet, but he’s been extremely efficient when he’s actually dared to pull up from beyond the arc. He’s coming off shooting 43.4% from three-point land, which was the fifth-best in the league.

Maxey has the potential to be one of the most complete and explosive scorers in the league. Perhaps he’ll finally take that leap forward this season.

8. Joe Harris

It’s been a while since Joe Harris was a factor on the court because of all the injuries. Nonetheless, the shot is usually the last part of the game to fade, and Harris has been one of the top-notch three-point shooters in the game for years now.

Even in limited action, Harris was quite solid for the Brooklyn Nets last season, shooting the rock at the eighth most efficient clip in the league at a whopping 42.6% from three. If you’re only good at one thing, you better be very good at it.

7. Luke Kennard

The fact that Luke Kennard got paid to such a big contract has one justification and one justification alone: He’s a very good three-point shooter. Even so, he doesn’t-bring that much more to the table, which is why he hasn’t been on the floor as often as one would think for a guy making that much money.

Being a solid three-point shooter can get you a lot of money in today’s game, and chances are his contract will be a huge liability under this new CBA. Even so, he was elite from beyond the arc last season, knocking down 49.4% of his attempts.

6. Buddy Hield

Even though Buddy Hield didn’t break out as the dominant scorer some thought he’d be when he was wreaking havoc in Texas, he’s made a name for himself in the league for the way he can get hot and knock down shots from beyond the arc.

Constantly tangled up in trade talks, it’s hard to think of a team that wouldn’t benefit from Hield’s sharpshooting skills. He was second in three-pointers made last season (288) all while shooting 42.5% from beyond the arc, the ninth-highest percentage.

5. Seth Curry

Seth Curry is no longer just Dell Curry‘s son and Stephen Curry‘s brother. It’s been a while since he established himself as one of the best shooters in the NBA, making a name for himself and getting himself a lot of money in the process.

Curry’s sweet jumper, wrist flick, quick release, and high arc might be in his genes. He’s obviously not as impactful as Steph, but that three-point shooting of his will grant him a roster spot for years to come.

4. Desmond Bane

Desmond Bane was one of the most improved players in the league last season. He put his head down, didn’t do a lot of talking — unlike every single one of his teammates on the Memphis Grizzlies — and just let his game speak for itself.

Bane is now considered one of the best shooters in the league, and that ability granted him one of the biggest contract extensions in his draft class. His wingspan continues to lead to multiple jokes, but his shooting is definitely on point.

3. Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard stole most of the headlines when it became public that he wants to leave the Portland Trail Blazers once and for all. But besides being in the news cycle 24-7, he also happens to be one of the top shooters in the NBA currently.

Truth be told, Lillard is actually the most efficient shooter when it comes to knocking down shots from 30+ feet, even ahead of Stephen Curry. Also, his ability to come up huge in the clutch makes him the kind of player who could elevate every single contender.

2. Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson seems to be the only guy who could go out there and break most of Steph Curry records on any given night, all while taking just a couple of dribbles. Simply put, he’s 1B to Stephen Curry’s 1A when it comes to the greatest shooters of all time.

Thompson has perhaps the most beautiful and mesmerizing shooting form this game has ever seen. He may not be the same player he used to be before those injuries, but his shot continues to be money, and he could play for another decade just out of shooting.

1. Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry isn’t only the greatest three-point shooter in the history of the game, he’s also one of the greatest point guards of all-time. Even if he’s not your average pass-first guy, he changed the way the game was played, even for defenders.

Curry has to be guarded across the whole court. He can pull up from — literally — anywhere, and he’ll shoot over 40% from three despite taking over ten triples a game. He’s the most efficient and dominant volume shooter we’ll ever see.

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سایت طوفان بت : Five programs that won August

Five programs that won August


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The month of August was not nearly as busy as June or July but there were still some significant and memorable commitments. Here is a look at five schools that won the month in recruiting as we look toward the season:

ALABAMA

The Crimson Tide did a great job of adding a legacy and flipping three other big-time prospects in the month of August to propel their class to No. 12 nationally, which is still low for their lofty standards.

Tight end Jay Lindsey out of Butler (Ala.) Patrician Academy flipped to Alabama from Mississippi State. The Crimson Tide got high three-star Rydarrius Morgan from Phenix City (Ala.) Central to flip from Florida State. Three-star DB Dre Kirkpatrick Jr., from Gadsden (Ala.) Gadsden City is the legacy that made his pledge.

The biggest get of the month was when five-star safety Peyton Woodyard from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco flipped to Alabama from Georgia. USC was also involved but playing in the SEC – and playing for coach Nick Saban – were big draws to the five-star.

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MIAMI

It was a battle until the end for five-star safety Zaquan Patterson from Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade Madonna and literally could have come down to the final minutes as many felt the Seminoles would still win out in the end. That was not the case, though, as coach Mario Cristobal and his staff won a massive in-state recruiting battle because Patterson is excellent in the back end and keeping kids home is crucial.

Patterson was big but not everything. The Hurricanes also flipped four-star defensive end Elias Rudolph, who flipped from Michigan and transferred to Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft for his senior season from South Florida. The Hurricanes also added an offensive lineman with a ton of potential in three-star Kavion Broussard from Zachary, La.

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OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma might have had the best month of any school in the country – even if some of it was completely expected the Sooners will still take it.

Five-star defensive lineman David Stone came home to Oklahoma despite Miami’s best efforts to land him. The Sooners also got a commitment from four-star DB Eli Bowen, whose five-star brother, Peyton, signed with Oklahoma in 2022. Former Northwestern three-star quarterback commit Brendan Zurbrugg flipped to the Sooners.

Oklahoma City (Okla.) Heritage Hall three-star Andy Bass is an interesting pickup and has the athleticism to make things happen and then the Sooners also added three-star OL Josh Aisosa.

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OLE MISS

If anything had a better month, it was coach Lane Kiffin’s club. It was a huge win for Ole Miss to land five-star defensive lineman Kamarion Franklin as it seemed to be trending in Auburn’s direction in the closing days before his commitment date.

But Ole Miss got a whole lot more as well. Four-star quarterback Trever Jackson, who was highly impressive at the Elite 11, picked the Rebels along with former four-star athlete and former Arkansas pledge Noreel White.

Three-star tight end Dillon Hipp picked Ole Miss over Baylor and he brings major size to the passing game and Ole Miss also added three-star receiver Sanfrisco Magee and JUCO DB Cedrick Beavers.

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UCF

It has really been a phenomenal summer for UCF’s recruiting efforts and August continued that trend with four big pledges, especially with two important four-star commitments.

After an early commitment to Georgia, four-star safety Jaylen Heyward backed off that pledge and decided to stay closer to home. Gus Malzahn and his team also landed four-star receiver Bredell Richardson.

That wasn’t all, though, as the Knights also added three-star receiver Jordyn Bridgewater and also high three-star running back Frankie Arthur from Texas.

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